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As you probably know, this February is our annual conference in Silicon Valley!
Unfortunately, not all of us can be there and that is exactly why we are going to do our monthly event slightly different - we are going to be screening a live feed from the Startup Grind Global conference!
Even though we couldn’t make it to the actual event, there is no reason why we shouldn’t participate in this awesome festival. So come and join us for a beer and get inspired by the most influential leaders of the global startup ecosystem. The speakers we will be watching are - Derek Anderson the founder & CEO of Startup Grind, Marc Tarpenning the Co-founder of Tesla and James Park the Co-Founder & CEO of FitBit. All incredible entrepreneurs that are extremely enthusiastic about helping young founders build the best companies possible.
As always you will find in our events different types of players from the startup ecosystem, from young entrepreneurs to seasoned investors, we will all be taking part in this amazing Startup Grind Global event. See you there :)
Marc Tarpenning started building and programming computers as a teenager and earned an A.B. degree in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley.
In 1997, he and Martin Eberhard founded NuvoMedia, an electronic book company that pioneered the legal and technological framework for the digital distribution of eBooks. NuvoMedia, and their Rocket eBook reader, was sold to Gemstar/TV Guide in 2000.
In 2003, Marc and Martin co-founded Tesla Motors. At Tesla, Mr. Tarpenning ran the electrical engineering group in addition to being the acting CFO for the first three years. Tesla Motors became a public company in 2010 and dominates the electric car market with its Model S, Model X and now the new Model 3. Tesla customers have driven over 4 billion electric miles and the company employs over 30,000 people.
Since leaving Tesla Motors, Mr. Tarpenning has been Entrepreneur in Residence at Mayfield Fund, sits on several company Advisory Boards, speaks frequently on entrepreneurship, is a publicly elected School Board Trustee for the Woodside Elementary School District, a Trustee for the private Nueva School, a member of the Advisory Board of the Science Learning Institute at Foothill College, and an elected Member representing Area Three of the San Mateo County Committee on School District Organization.
James is our Co-Founder and has served as our Chairman since May 2015, as a member of our board of directors since March 2007, and as our President and CEO since September 2007. Previously, James served as a Director of Product Development at CNET Networks, as the President and a Co-Founder of Wind-Up Labs, Inc. (an online photo-sharing company acquired by CNET Networks in April 2005). He was also CTO and Co-Founder of Epesi Technologies, Inc., a software company. James attended Harvard College where he studied Computer Science. He was selected to serve as a member of our board of directors due to the perspective and experience he brings as our Co-Founder, President, and CEO.